Buying the Best SNES Games and the Best N64 Games had a pretty similar feel. You’d take the cardboard box out of your carrier bag, re-read the blurb on the back, remove the plastic wrapping, and then pull out the tray with the game and the instruction booklet.
It was almost like a ritual, something to look forward to before the gaming began. You can imagine how this little process changed when Nintendo started producing discs instead of cartridges; It changed all right, but not for the worse.
The game art got better, the little memory card slots were a lifesaver, and then there were the discs. How could they put a game on something so small!
When I first opened up my GameCube, the whole experience just blew my mind, so much so that it’s still one of my favourite consoles of all time.
I had so many games for this thing that I had to get a bookshelf just to store them all on, and while I can’t list all of them without being here all day, Im going to share the Best GameCube Games in my collection with you.
Maybe you’ve played them, or maybe you’ve never heard of them. Either way, it’s time to get nerdy!
15. Mario Smash Football
Mario Smash Football will always be one of the Best GameCube Games because of its sheer silliness and for its endless play value. Unlocking the different characters and courses is one thing, but trying to beat your smug friends who just never seem to lose will make the hours just soar by. Use items to impede your opponents, punch and kick players without the ball, and work up to that perfect Super Strike to try and knock Kritter into the back of the net.
14. Sonic Adventure 2 Battle
Snowboarding down the streets of San Francisco on the City Escape level will never get old, and finally coming face to face with Dr Eggman’s new super-weapon and ultimate life form ‘Shadow The Hedgehog’ blew my mind. This is another game that had an incredible multiplayer mode; racing
Chaos emeralds and rings return as collectibles in this game as you might expect, but unlike other Sonic titles, Adventure 2 Battle gives you the option of playing out the story as both the Good and Evil sides. You can control Sonic, Eggman, Shadow, Rouge, Knuckles, and Tails in this game, playing out each scenario either in favour of saving the world or destroying it. Completing all the campaigns as both sides opens up a final last level in which all the characters work together. Even Nintendo characters like multiplayer action!
13. Super Monkey Ball
The next title on our list of the Best GameCube Games in my collection could well be the cause of multiple cases of what I like to call ‘Gamers Stress Syndrome’ all over the world. Usual symptoms are throwing your controller on the ground, shouting at the top of your voice, and gripping your controller so hard that you look like you’re on a white knuckle ride. But man, is this game addictive. Whoever thought that putting a monkey in a ball and making it roll around tilting courses would be such a ginormous hit! The challenge of nailing the perfect score and getting all the bananas saw me replaying levels over and over again, but that’s what being a dedicated gamer is all about!
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12. Super Smash Bros. Melee
A Nintendo game where you can fight as Link, Captain Falcon, Ganondorf, Nes, Mr Game & Watch, Luigi and more – what is there not to love? Unlocking all of the different characters in this button mashing classic was the best fun in the world, and as you didn’t know whether the unlockable players would appear in single or multiplayer mode, you just had to spend as many hours as possible playing both! I can’t stress how amazing Super Smash Bros. Melee is; seeing Kirby stealing Link’s powers and wearing a green hat will never lose its appeal, and the collectibles that you could pick up to make your fight easier were just insane! Who can remember using the Barrel Hammer from Donkey Kong to K.O their opponents into next year?
Super Smash Bros. Melee is one of the Best GameCube Games for letting off a bit of steam, and the rounds are quite short which means it always stays fresh and exciting. Sudden Death at the end of the match was always tense, and trying to survive till the end of the round with 250% damage took all of your skill to carry out. Play as your favourite character and beat the ones you hate into a pulp, all in a friendly non-violent Nintendo way. It’s practically therapy!
11. Metroid Prime
Is there anyone cooler than Samus Aran? You can keep your Captain Marvel’s and Jessica Jone’s, more people should know about how epic our favourite space pirate really is. Samus has featured in many titles over the years on a number of Nintendo platforms, but Metroid Prime was the one that made me want to don a cyberspace suit and fight crime right alongside her. Collecting all of Samus’ different moves and defeating some of the weirdest alien creatures in existence along the way was mind-blowingly awesome, and the fact that this game uses a first-person format makes the whole adventure even tenser! You’ve never felt fear until you turn around and come face to face with a the dude in the picture below.
After following up on a distress signal from a Space Pirate Ship, Samus battles Meta Ridley and loses her kick-ass abilities. You must navigate your way through the Chozo Ruins and find them all in order to defeat Meta Ridley and restore some sense of normality to the galaxy. The scenery in the levels
10. Viewtiful Joe
Glorious 2d action in a movie-like comic book world. That might sound a little confusing, but that sums up the overall vibe of the next title on our Best GameCube Games list. Divided between Earth and Movieland, this side-scrolling brawler was one of the weirder games in my Best GameCube Games collection, but that made it all the more interesting! The game plays heavily on a ‘Hollywood-move’ style theme and is a bit over the top, but that’s why I love it so much. Use VFX to use crank out special moves, defeat monsters twice your size, and do it all while posing for the camera and knocking out slick catchphrases.
After Joe’s girlfriend.
9. Prince Of Persia – Sands Of Time
A mysterious Prince that uses a blade to rewind time when he makes mistakes or falls to his death; now that sounds like one gnarly game! Based in Persia (the clue is in the title I guess), our unnamed prince sets out to right the mistakes that his father has made after ransacking a city on the behest of a treacherously wicked Vizier. After releasing the sands of time by accident, the cities inhabitants turn to evil monsters that the Prince must defeat in order to collect the sands and restore balance to the world. It’s a gripping platform game and one that has oodles of playability. I still find it hard to put down!
The Prince Of Persia’s main move is to run along walls a little bit like Neo, but the prince was doing it way before wearing long leather jackets was cool. I remember the first time that I did a wall run on this game to get to a higher platform; it was such a cool moment having a character do something that I had always wished Link could have done in Ocarina of Time. The Water Temple would have been 1’000 times easier with that skill! Anyway, back to the Prince! The graphics on this game were also pretty special, using Ubisoft’s Jade Engine to create some stunning Persian scenery from courtyards through to temple gardens. Any game where you can turn back time is a winner for me, especially when it involves a kick-ass dagger and zombie-style foot soldiers!
8. Mario Party 4
The next title in our list of the Best GameCube Games is, in my opinion, the best party game on not only our favourite-cubed-console, but in the world. The first Mario Party game on the GameCube is still my favourite to this day; the shop system was easy, the magic lantern and the accompanying Genie always felt like cheating even though it was part of the game, and handing over 20 coins for a star is still one of the best bargains in life. For anyone who isn’t akin with Mario Party, it’s a board-game turn-based title in which players move around different courses and collect coins that they can trade for items and, more importantly, stars. Players compete in mini-games at the end of each round, either in teams or against each other, and each course has different elements that are set to spice things up for the players.
There’s also a story mode where you can play against the computer and unlock
7. Super Mario Sunshine
Speaking of Mario, here he is in his debut GameCube story. After the success of Super Mario 64, his first solo venture on the new console had to be a great hit, and it didn’t disappoint. While holidaying in Isle Delfino, Mario encounters an imposter ‘Shadow Mario’ who has been running amok and destroying the Island. Mario is joined by a water-jetpack type item called FLUDD who helps him to clean up Isle Deflino in a bid to find the 120 shine sprites needed to bring light back to the island. The gameplay is very similar to Super Mario 64, which is never going to be a bad thing, but the graphics have improved tenfold. It’s a fun game with all of the same collectable-gathering action that we’ve come to know and love from our favourite Italian plumber.
It’s nice to have a new location for a Mario Game instead of being based around the Mushroom Kingdom’s usual haunts, and the introduction of the Piantas and
6. Luigi’s Mansion
From one plumber who can’t get a break to another plumber who can’t stop breaking out into a cold sweat. I waited so long for this game to come out; I counted down the days until it’s release, reading all of the reviews and checking out sneak-peak videos all the while before the big day. Luigi has always been one of my favourite characters as he’s never in the limelight. I always liked to imagine what he was getting up to while Mario was out saving the day, and it turns out he was trying to clean up mansions for Professor E. Gadd with a super hi-tech vacuum cleaner. Who would have thought it!
This game is without a doubt one of the Best GameCube Games on the console. Seeing Luigi creeping around the mansion and sneaking up on unsuspecting ghosts brings a whole new thrill-factor to our lesser-spotted green plumbing friend. What Luigi lacks in courage, he makes up for in comedy value and job satisfaction; I’ve never seen anyone this determined to do such a dangerous and terrifying job! Collect new upgrades for your Poltergust 3000; find coins and hearts along the way through your mansion; and suck up pictures, dust, leaves, tablecloths, and more to find secrets that will help you along your quest. If you’re looking to get the new game that’s coming out for the Nintendo Switch soon, then start from the beginning and check out the title that started it all off!
5. Star Fox Adventures
Fox McCloud was bad-ass enough up in the sky while flying his Arwing, but put him down on the ground with a load of dinosaurs and give him a staff to fight his way around with, and you’ve got yourself another of our Best GameCube Games. It’s eight years after Andross’ defeat, but there’s no rest for Fox and the gang. This time our furry-tailed friend is heading after General Scales and the Sharpclaw army in an attempt to save the Earthwalker Tribe and bring peace back to Dinosaur Planet. He also teams up with a Lady Fox named Krystal who lost her home when General Scales attacked. Looks like life on the ground isn’t too bad after all, ey Fox?
This game both infuriated me and filled me with pride in equal measure, and any game that can bring up such a strange mixture of feelings deserves a place in our Top GameCube Games article for sure. In homage to Lemmings, this game sees you pulling little flower creatures that follow you around aimlessly and help you to solve puzzles and problems in order to retrieve pieces of your broken ship. Captain Olimar, an intrepid space adventurer with an oddly shaped head and a fatal Oxygen allergy, has 30 days to fix his ship before he dies on the planet in which he has crash-landed. The plant
The game lasts for 30 days which are all around 13minutes each in real-time. You can’t do anything at night because predators will eat your Pikmin, and if you don’t fix your spaceship in time, then it’s game over for you and your little plant friends. Use your red Pikmin to carry heavy objects and walk through
3. Mario Kart Double Dash
No list of the Best GameCube Games would be complete without a Mario Kart title! Mario Kart double dash is a pretty unique game in itself as it is the first to see players picking two characters per race instead of just one. One character races the players chosen car, and the other stands on the back and throws items at opponents. It’s a slightly odd feature seen as though we’ve done so well with just one character for so many years, but it’s a Mario Kart title, so we’ll let it slide. Players can switch at any time and you can team up with a friend on the same kart instead of going head to head! Choose your friends wisely though guys; you don’t want someone ruining all the good driving that you’ve put in to get you into the lead!
Mario Kart Double Dash saw the introduction of even more new characters to the Mario Kart scene, along with new power
2. Star Wars Bounty Hunter
Jango Fett was always one of my favourite Star Wars Characters, especially seen as though his dad was the only person smart enough to capture Han Solo. Star Wars Bounty Hunter sees you play as Jango himself, following a mission from Darth Tyrannus in a bid to rid the galaxy of the Bando Gora. They’re basically a criminal gang who worship the Force, but they’re causing a lot of bother for old Tyrannus and Darth Sidious, and they want them out of the picture. Jango goes on a mission to take down their leader and receive more money than he knows what to do
Jango uses a blaster pistol in each hand, so it’s easy to shoot down multiple enemies as you make your way through the different levels, There are plenty of different power-ups to pick up along the way to improve your bounty hunting skills, as well as items that will help Jango to defeat the Bando Gora once and for all. You can also earn a little extra cash on the side by completing bounties that you find on Jango’s scanner as you go. He never takes a day off! I waited so long for this game to arrive as it got imported from a different country. At least that’s what my Mum told me when it didn’t arrive on my birthday, but maybe she just forgot. Either way, it has some special memories related to it and I loved it once it finally arrived, so I’m sticking it in the list.
1. Legend Of Zelda – The Wind Waker
If you’ve read any of my articles before, then you’ll know I’m a massive Zelda nerd. I love everything about this series of games, and if I had to choose one hero to be from any game it would definitely be Link. I was sceptical when I first saw the cell-shaded Link and the cartoony graphics in Wind Waker, but boy was I wrong to be worried. Every copy of this game sold out in minutes in my local town, but I remember going with my Mum to look for a copy and found one in a second-hand game shop. I don’t think it had even been opened, and it came with the Master Quest Ocarina Of Time discs too which was a great bonus! For those of you that haven’t played it, go take a long hard look in the mirror and ask yourself why, and then come back to your computer and head to eBay. It’s one of the Best GameCube Games of all times for crying out loud!
The adventure starts on Outset Island where our green-garbed hero is still in his pyjamas. Gannondorf is searching for any girls who look like Princess Zelda so that he can take her part of the Triforce for himself. He sends a big bird over the sea to hunt for girls with pointy ears, and it ends up capturing Link’s sister. To cut a long story short, Link befriends some pirates, gets washed up near a talking boat, and has to collect different items using the power of the wind to save his sister and defeat Ganondorf. I’ve played this game so many times that I’ve lost count, but I always spot something new that I missed the previous time. It might not be Ocarina or BOTW, but the story is incredible and the graphics allow for some amazing boss battles that will stick with you forever. Stop whatever you’re doing and go put it on now; you can thank us later.